Naxxar Lions F.C.

Naxxar Lions Football Club is a football club from the town of Naxxar in northern Malta. [1]

Naxxar Lions Football Club
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Full nameNaxxar Lions Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lions, The Pride of the North
Founded1920; 103 years ago (1920)
LeagueMaltese Challenge League
2021–22Maltese Challenge League, Group A, 4th

Their historical and arch-rivals are Mosta FC. A match between Naxxar Lions and Mosta FC, is known as the derby of the north, but because there are other derbies in northern Malta it is also known as the Northern Classic.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

Naxxar Lions Football Club is a football club from the town of Naxxar in the northern part of Malta. Founded in 1920, it was the first football club in the north of Malta.

The club had a very positive period in the 1940s and after some years languishing in the lower divisions, the club had several years of glory. In 1946 they secured promotion on the top flight division after winning the decider against Ħamrun Liberty.[1] Michael Zammit Tabona was appointed president in the 1980s, establishing the club as one of the best on the island, playing for several years in the Maltese Premier Division. After being relegated from the top league at the beginning of the new century, the club had to face a difficult period and was relegated to third division a few years ago.

Following the recent successful seasons Naxxar Lions were promoted from 3rd Division to 2nd Division in season 2009–10, from 2nd Division to 1st Division in season 2010–11 and maintaining 1st Division status in season 2011–12 placing in 6th position. In the 2012–13 season Naxxar Lions gained promotion to the Maltese Premier League with Dione Drago as the president. After three consecutive years in the Premier League, they were relegated back to first division. The following season, Naxxar Lions gained again promotion to the Maltese Premier League under the Presidency of Pierre Sciberras.

In September 2017, Mr Yahya Kirdi took over Naxxar Lions Football Club and was appointed as President. Naxxar Lions were relegated to the first division in the last match of the Premier League. During Season 2018-19, against all odds, Naxxar Lions FC managed to finish in the 4th place of the First Division League.

Pierre Sciberras was re-appointed the club President for Season 2019-20 which ended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 situation, finishing 4th place. Naxxar Lions FC played Season 2020/21 in the BOV Challenge League and finished 4th. Naxxar Lions FC celebrated the 100 Years Anniversary (1920-2020). Angelo Pullicino was appointed as Club President in December 2020.

Naxxar Lions FC will be playing Season 2022/23 in the BOV Challenge League.


Club CommitteeEdit

  • President - Angelo Pullicino
  • Vice President - Clifford Galea Vella
  • Secretary - Simon Camilleri
  • Asst.Secretary - Clint Muscat
  • Treasurer - Jonathan Carachi
  • MFA Council Member - Angelo Pullicino
  • Members - Shaun Camilleri / Victor Bellia / Sandro Galea / James Fenech

Technical StaffEdit

  • Head Coach - George Vella
  • Assistant Coach - Leslie Noel Burke
  • Team Manager - Adrian Ciappara
  • Kit Manager - Clivert Burke
  • Club Doctor - Dr. Christopher Deguara
  • Nursery Representative - Clint Muscat
  • Nursery Head Coach - Charles Muscat
  • Club Administrators - Adrian Ciappara
  • Website & Social Media Administrator - Shaun Camilleri

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF   MLT Ryan Mercieca
7 MF   MLT Mark Fenech
12 GK   MLT Andre Fenech
13 FW   MLT Gabriel Xuereb
14 DF   MLT Ayrton Senna Azzopardi
15 DF   MLT Ryan Gilmour Cassar
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   MLT Joel Ellul
26 FW   MLT Sven Fabri
27 GK   MLT Omar Borg
28 DF   MLT Jacob Bartolo
31 MF   MLT Leejoe Schembri

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Baldacchino, Carmel (29 April 2021). "Naxxar Lions and Ħamrun Liberty battle for honours". SportsDesk. Retrieved 2 May 2021.

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